Hobby Lobby: We Intend to Defy ObamaCare

Won't offer insurance that includes access to the morning-after pill

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2012 7:16 AM CST

(Newser) – With a lawsuit pending, Hobby Lobby says it won't be providing workers with health plans that cover the morning-after pill—even though ObamaCare requires it. The decision could cost the company $1.3 million in daily fines, the AP notes. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week rejected the arts and crafts chain's request for an injunction against that part of the health law.

She says the store hasn't made an adequate case for an emergency exemption, but added that it and sister firm Mardel can still fight the measure in lower courts. In the meantime, "the company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees," a lawyer for Hobby Lobby says, but it won't "pay for abortion-inducing drugs." The company holds that the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion due to its ability to keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a woman walks from a Hobby Lobby Inc., store in Little Rock, Ark.
In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a woman walks from a Hobby Lobby Inc., store in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.
Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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